Baby I’m a want you (voters)

Malaysian citizens and voters have been likened to a woman, waiting to be courted by UMNO.

An UMNO delegate reportedly suggested that the party woo Malaysian voters the way men entice women into marriage.

Federal Territory delegate Mohd Shafie Abdullah said Umno must imagine the people as a woman who is to be wooed into marriage.

“Remember how we tried to entice our wives when we wanted to marry? First rule, is to know what she likes. Show her we care, always be close with her.

“We must continue to approach her. And this is the basis of closing ranks with the people again,” he said, drawing laughter and applause from those present.

Shafie and others of his ilk would be better off to steer away from making such a statement, especially if it has an element of sexism.

It would be more fruitful for him and friends to perceive Malaysian voters as citizens and taxpayers who expect the former to respect them as people who have rights and responsibilities and are equally concerned about the future of the country.

The Malaysian people would expect them to listen to them attentively during and after a general election. This means that they want to be heard through, among other things, the media and, if necessary, via peaceful public gatherings that are legitimate in a functioning democracy.

In fact, they have already made known their ‘likes’ in the last general election on March 8 last year, one of which is the crucial need to strengthen the democratic institutions in the country.

People would appreciate UMNO’s attempt to woo the Malay and Malaysian voters alike, just as they would understand that other legitimate political parties such as PKR, DAP, Pas, and component parties of the BN too have similar objective.

This is why many Malaysians perceive as unfair and undemocratic the BN government’s action to suspend recently the party organs of PKR and Pas, especially in the run-up to the forthcoming three by-elections, as these publications serve as an important vehicle for the political parties concerned to reach out to the people.


3 Responses to “Baby I’m a want you (voters)”

  1. 1 Kak long 28 March 2009 at 9:40 am

    If the thinking of UMNO guys are like that, NO THANK YOU to UMNO
    this is 2009. Rakyat think differently and so are we women.

    To Mohd Shafee, I say , you are behind time. Wake up.

  2. 2 28 March 2009 at 11:07 am

    An interesting post!

    Will feature your post in our website and link back to your blog.

    All the best!

  3. 3 malaysia born 28 March 2009 at 11:11 am

    The thinking is……shower the girl with lots and lots of gifts with money obtained from dubious means and once he has her in his trust, start to screw her!

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